This week in Winning Post

It's the biggest weekend in Australian sport, and a massive one in racing, with Group 1 action across three days.

And Winning Post has got it all covered, kicking off with the Moir Stakes meeting that opens the Valley night season on Friday night.

The Moir itself sees the return of Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, while a strong support card includes the Stutt Stakes, the Stocks Stakes and the JRA Cup.

Randwick takes centre stage on AFL Grand Final day for a three-pronged Group 1 card. The Epsom, the Metrop and the Flight are the headline acts.

On Sunday there's plenty of quality racing to keep you entertained in the lead-up to the NRL decider, led by the Underwood and the Rupert Clarke at Caulfield.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Benalla Cup day, Moruya's Showcase day and the Valley night action plus fields, colours and selections for Rockhampton and Dubbo.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Mornington in Victoria, Randwick  in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Belmont in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Kembla Grange (NSW/Vic/SA/Tas edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Caulfield's dual Group 1 day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

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Inside Winning Post September 30 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Moonee Valley, Benalla, Moruya
Saturday:
Mornington, Randwick, Morphettville, Sunshine Coast, Belmont, Kembla Grange (except Queensland), Gold Coast (Queensland edition)
Sunday:
Caulfield, Ballina, Cootamundra, Toowoomba
Do fillies and mares get too great a weight allowance against male horses?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Belmont Saturday - R6 N9 Come On Board 4th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N10 Assimilate 5th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R8 N4 Daysee Doom 1st
Results
Letter of the Week

Two of the best

As a long-time reader but first-time writer, I congratulate Shane Templeton on his wonderful article on both Ming Dynasty (my favourite racehorse) and Family of Man (16/9). 
Ming was a great warrior who won two Caulfield Cups, two Australian Cups, a Metropolitan and many more races, and set this reader up quite well financially (alas, much was given back). 
He was a most handsome grey with white socks. 
Late in the 1978 Australian Cup, Crepellox was a neck clear, but with 7kg more Ming bravely fought back to win (my mum and I took him one-out in the quad and it duly saluted). 
His greatest win was the 1980 Caulfield Cup, where he beat two terrific horses in Hyperno and Kingston Town (they were the three topweights). 
This set me up nicely in the feature double into the Melbourne Cup with 12 runners. My $29,000 result ran second (My Blue Denim) but I still made a nice profit by laying off on Beldale Ball (and others). 
I believe Family of Man became the first Australian racehorse to win $500,000 when he won the 1978 George Adams, and his 1977 Cox Plate victory was stunning. 
I’ve visited the FOM bar at Pinjarra racecourse (one of 164 racetracks I’ve been able to visit so far). 
Thanks, Shane, for the memories! 

Wayne Christopher
Benalla (Vic)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: